Alexandra Lersch picked up her first career point in UConn's last game
Jan. 15, 2014
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STORRS, Conn. -- The UConn women's hockey team (5-14-2, 2-5-1 WHEA) returns to Freitas Ice Forum to host Northeastern (7-12-2, 3-6-2) on Wednesday night for a midweek Hockey East conference match-up. NU is currently three points ahead of UConn in the Hockey East standings despite having played three more games, so the game could have major implications for the final standings. The two Huskies will drop the puck at 7 p.m.
The Series: Northeastern
The Huskies from Storrs and their counterparts from Boston have skated 40 times in the past, with UConn holding a slight 17-14-9 edge in the series. However, Northeastern has won the last seven installments, including a three-game sweep of the season series in 2012-13. NU outscored UConn 18-3 over those three games, with UConn's lone goals coming from Kelly Horan, Leah Buress and Margaret Zimmer. UConn's last win over Northeastern came on Feb. 10, 2011, a 4-2 victory in Boston. The last triumph over NU at Freitas Ice Forum was a 4-0 victory on Jan. 23, 2009.
Here Come The Huskies
Northeastern visits Storrs with a 7-12-2 record, including a 3-6-2 mark in WHEA play. The Huskies are currently in a three-way tie for fourth place in the league with eight points. Northeastern is without the services of All-American Kendall Coyne this season, as Coyne was recently named to the United States Olympic team in advance of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. Katie MacSorley and Kelly Wallace have picked up the scoring slack in Coyne's absence this year, each with 16 points this season via 10-6-16 and 9-7-16 scoring lines, respectively. Paige Savage leads the club in assists with 10 along with four goals to add 14 points for NU, and Hayley Scamurra and Heather Mottau have chipped in nine and eight points during their respective rookie seasons. Chloe Desjardins is the reigning WHEA Defensive Player of the Week after a pair of 40-plus save outings against No. 7 Boston College this weekend, and has posted a 2.60 GAA and .918 save percentage this year.
Last Time Out
UConn visited Vermont for two league games in Burlington, splitting the contests for a 1-1-0 weekened. After being shut out, 3-0, on Jan. 10, UConn responded with a shutout of its own, blanking UVM 2-0. Rachel Farrel and Michela Cava scored for UConn, with Sarah MacDonnell assisting on both tallies. Alexandra Lersch and Kelly Harris also picked up assists on the first and second goals, respectively. Elaine Chuli was brilliant in both contests in goal, stopping 30 shots in the loss before turning aside all 32 she saw to pick up a shutout on Jan. 11. It was the first shutout for the Huskies since Nov. 20, 2011, and first on the road since Jan. 21, 2011. Overall in January, Chuli has posted a 1.25 GAA and a .962 save percentage in four outings. The victory snapped an eight-game losing streak for UConn, and marked the fifth of the year, most in a season since 2010-11.
On the year, Cava and Macdonnell lead UConn in scoring with identical 6-11-17 lines. Campero leads the squad with seven goals along with six assists, and Emily Snodgrass has also posted double-digit points with a 4-6-10 line. Farrel has notched six goals to tie for second on the squad, and Rebecca Fleming has added six assists.
Following the midweek contest, UConn plays a home-and-home this weekend with league foe New Hampshire. The Wildcats will be in Storrs on Saturday at 2 p.m., before UConn heads up to Durham, N.H. on Sunday for another 2 p.m. start.